Saturday, December 10, 2016

The Annaliese dress release

Sometimes you see a tester call that you have to respond to even if you are too busy. The tester call for the Annaliese by MCM Studio Designs was like that. I have been sewing (and posting) like crazy, but I was immediately sold when I saw the line drawings of this dress. My high school graduation ceremony dress had a laced front, and ever since, I am in love with that kind of princess dresses, and I correctly assumed that my middle one would be over the moon with one of these.

My girls love to dress up like princesses, and the Anneliese Dress gives an everyday princess feeling if you use everyday fabrics. You could also choose for velvet to make a true statement dress. There are two front options (either a tab or laced)  and I chose the laced version (due to my earlier mentioned obsession). I was planning to make a rouleau for both the loops and the string. Turning about 30 centimeter went fine, but my home made bias did not go longer than that. Either my pull thread or the bias itself broke. The string is therefore just a bias sewed together. The pattern prescribes ribbon by the way, but you know me, always in for trying a new thing.

The pattern included both long and short sleeves, I used the long ones to make a true winter dress. The sleeves have some gathering at the top and I really like the effect. I sat for a while in front of my fabric closet and finally settled on a light blue Shetland flaneel by Robert Kaufmann, so the dress is super cozy. I used a light blue cotton by Soft Cactus for the middle. I really like how the dark blue of the loops and ribbon contrast with the lighter blue's. I added side seam pockets, my girl would boycot the dress without. The pockets are not included, but a free add-on might come soon.

Due to the release the dress is 50% off until the 18th of December in the MCM Studio web shop. While I was writing this post and searched for the link, I realized that I still have to sew the Gertie's Soda Shop Dress. I bought it when it was released, but testing just works better for me, in that case I have to sew it within a week (or two).


  1. So very nice, Miranda. Thank you for testing. I'd love to see your Gertie when you get it done, too. :)

    1. haha, me too, not planning to run a blog tour ;) ?

  2. Oh, ik hou wel van die winterjurken! Mooie stoffencombinatie! Deadlines werken bij mij ook wel beter dan het gewone to-sew lijstje 😀

  3. Ohh mooi! Heel leuk dat je voor "normale" stoffen hebt gekozen. En deze soft cactus lijkt zo wel een kanten onderrok die tevoorschijn komt.

    Patroon gelijk aangeschaft :)

  4. Oh, wat vind ik dit een topjurk! Heerlijke snit, maar ook de perfecte uitvoering!